June 2020 UPDATE: COVID-19 Response.  We are resuming classes with fewer participants to provide for  social distancing or remote participation starting in June 2020.  

Registrations for the September 30-Hour General Civil Mediation Training  and September/October Custody Evaluation Courses  are open below. 

Other upcoming classes are listed below. Please email Aimee.Gourlay@mediationcentermn.org  if you would like to be notified when registration is open on the website.  Aimee can also be reached at 612-237-6505.

Events and Registration

Mediation Center training can be tailored for organizations or groups. Please call Aimee Gourlay 612-237-6505 for more information.

Event Phone: 612-237-6505

with Karen Irvin, PhD, LMFT and Jennifer Joseph, JD

September 17, 18 & 19 AND October 1, 2 & 3, 2020 (Attend all 6 days.)
Thursday – Saturday, Sept. 17 – 19,  9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Friday, Oct. 2, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday, Oct. 3, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm.
Location: ONLINE

Registration: $1,595.00

39 standard, 2 ethics & 2 bias CLEs applied for/ Rule 114 CE credits and MN Board of MFT applied for

Even with the wide availability of ADR processes, some parents are unable to resolve custody and parenting time disputes. A Custody/Parenting Time Evaluation, when done thoroughly and ethically, can help families, attorneys, and courts resolve these issues. This 40-hour training addresses the “how-to’s” as well as the complexities of the evaluation process. It includes such topics as:

  • Creating an evaluative protocol
  • Use of psychological testing and questionnaires
  • Conducting parent and child interviews and observations
  • Using collateral information to inform the process
  • Identifying and addressing Domestic Violence dynamics
  • Drafting and presenting recommendations and reports
  • Addressing bias in an evaluative process

This training is based on APA and AFCC best practice guidelines, as well as Minnesota law and practice. It combines lecture, interactive discussion of topics, and application of concepts through simulation.

Minimum Qualifications: Current licensed mental health care provider, licensed attorney or Guardian ad Litem with five years of experience working with families or individuals in the process of separation/divorce. Exceptions are considered on a case by case basis. Please call 612-237-6505 with questions about qualifications.

To ensure maximum engagement, this course is limited to fifteen people, and light breakfast and lunch are provided so that the class can engage in informal discussion throughout the day.

TRANSFER AND CANCELLATION POLICY:
Out of respect for unforeseen schedule conflicts, Mediation Center will transfer a participant into another training, less a 20% processing fee, so long as the participant notifies the Center up to seven days before the start of the training. There is a maximum of two transfers per registration.

Mediation Center recognizes there are unforeseen events, schedule conflicts, and family emergencies in each of our lives. Out of respect for the above, please review our policy on accommodating participants who need to cancel:

  1. Full refund up to 30 days before the start of the training less a 20% processing fee.
  2. 50% refund up to 14 days before the start of the training.
  3. No refund 14 days or less before the start of the training.

During the pandemic, exceptions to the transfer and cancellation policy will be made on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact Aimee Gourlay prior to the first day of class for consideration of a waiver for COVID-19 reasons.

  • Custody Evaluation Training
    September 17, 2020 - October 3, 2020
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Custody Evaluation Training - $1,595.00 (USD)  

Event Phone: 612-237-6505

We are keeping class size small to allow for social distancing.  Class may be taught online. Contact Aimee Gourlay at Aimee.Gourlay@mediationcentermn.org or 612-237-6505 with questions.

September 23, 24, 25 & 26, 2020

8:00 AM – 5:30 PM each day
Cost: $1,245.00
Location: Mediation Center Classroom/Remote
7400 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55423
22.25 standard, 4.25 ethics, 3.5 bias MN CLE credits approved.
32.5 MN Rule 114 Facilitative-Hybrid Roster/Continuing Education credits approved – Qualified for MN Rule 114 Neutral Roster.

Take your professional skills to a new level. Mediation Center’s four day, 30-Hour Civil Mediation Training is a course that develops those skills that are most important to deepening your knowledge of effective conflict resolution. Mediation is a flexible and creative process that offers individuals and groups in conflict an opportunity to find mutually satisfactory resolutions. The mediator is a neutral facilitator who uses the process of mediation to create an environment for parties to communicate effectively, explore their underlying interests and find constructive outcomes.

This course offers experiential training with a focus on practical skills – it’s designed for professionals who want to learn how to mediate. Experienced mediators and trainers Aimee Gourlay and Susan Mainzer introduce a structured, yet flexible, five-step mediation process. Participants will develop their skills at identifying interests, issues and positions, generating options, framing issues, breaking impasse, remaining neutral in difficult mediation sessions, and identifying power imbalances. This course also examines the cause of conflict, and cultural and ethical concerns in mediation. Participants will add a variety of tools to their toolbox. To read more about 30-Hour trainers Aimee Gourlay and Susan Mainzer please visit our About page.

For more information about our trainers, click Susan Mainzer, J.D. or Aimee Gourlay, J.D.

 

  • 30-Hour Civil Mediation Training
    September 23, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Details Price Qty
June 30-Hour Civil Mediation Training $1,245.00 (USD)   Expired
September 30-hour Civil Mediation Training $1,245.00 (USD)  

Event Phone: 612-237-6505

with Andrea Niemi, JD, and Karen Irvin, PhD, LMFT
November 17, 18, 19, & 20, 2020
9:00 am-5:00 pm each day
Early Registration (through Oct. 27): $1,245.00
Cost (after Oct. 27): $1,345.00
Location: Mediation Center Classroom – Suite 180
7400 Lyndale Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423
22 standard & 2 ethics CLE/ 24 Rule 114 CE credits applied for
27 MN Board MFT approved CE credits

Thank you for your interest in Mediation Center’s training courses. Due to Covid-19 considerations, all training sessions have been cancelled through June 1, 2020. We’re keeping an interest list for those interested in training sessions beyond June 1. If you have any questions, please call Aimee Gourlay at 612-237-6505 or email Aimee.Gourlay@MediationCenterMN.org.

This 4-day training is designed to teach the basics of the Parenting Time Expediting (PTE) and Parenting Consulting (PC) processes, while clarifying the distinctions between PTE and  PC services in Minnesota, and highlighting the similarities. The trainers will introduce the standards, protocols and best practices for PTE and PC processes, provide examples of applicable statutes and rules, and discuss the importance of model appointing orders and model fee agreements for both services. The training also includes Rule 114 provisions and ethics (current and proposed), court decisions pertaining to PTE and PC, issues that arise and techniques for addressing them, drafting summaries and decisions, domestic abuse in the context of PTE and PC, and best practices for conducting these often challenging processes.

Experienced trainers and ADR practitioners Karen Irvin, PhD, LMFT, and Andrea Niemi, JD, instruct participants on handling high conflict parents through the PTE and PC processes. Trainers will cover:

  • the roles of the Parenting Time Expeditor (PTE) and the Parenting Consultant (PC), and the differences between the two distinct roles,
  • family dynamics in separation and divorce,
  • developmental needs of children,
  • emotional and psychological dynamics of parents and children in high conflict situations,
  • the PTE statute, Minn. Stat. § 518.1751
  • sample documents relevant to the processes, such as appointing orders,
  • orienting parties to the process,
  • managing the processes, including decision making,
  • fees and billing,
  • protocols, standards and best practices, and
  • avoiding and handling complaints.

Please note: the PTE and PC Training sessions are now one combined training. It has been the trainers’ experience that it is imperative that neutrals clearly understand the distinctions between the two, even if you don’t anticipate providing both services. As prior members of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Ethics Board, Andrea and Karen have seen the results of confusion for professionals engaged in the providing services, for parties in need of the services, and for courts issuing orders for services. You will be much better prepared to practice as a PTE, a PC, or both, with this training.

Prerequisite: 40-Hour Family Mediation Training

For more information about our trainers, please click on Karen Irvin, PhD, LMFT, or Andrea Niemi, JD.

TRANSFER AND CANCELLATION POLICY:
Out of respect for unforeseen schedule conflicts, Mediation Center will transfer a participant into another training, less a 20% processing fee, so long as the participant notifies the Center up to seven days before the start of the training. There is a maximum of two transfers per registration. Mediation Center recognizes there are unforeseen events, schedule conflicts, and family emergencies in each of our lives. Out of respect for the above, please review our policy on accommodating participants who need to cancel:

  1. Full refund up to 30 days before the start of the training less a 20% processing fee.
  2. 50% refund up to 14 days before the start of the training.
  3. No refund 14 days or less before the start of the training.

Thank you for your interest in Mediation Center’s training courses. Due to Covid-19 considerations, all training sessions have been cancelled through June 1, 2020. We’re keeping an interest list for those interested in training sessions beyond June 1. If you have any questions, please call Aimee Gourlay at 612-237-6505 or email Aimee.Gourlay@MediationCenterMN.org.

  • Parenting Time Expediting/Parenting Consulting
    November 17, 2020 - November 20, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Parenting Time Expediting/Parenting Consulting Training - Interest List $0.00 (USD)